New Delhi braces for emergency measures if toxic smog worsens

A thick haze of toxic smog hanged over the Indian capital, exacerbated by a spike in the burning of crop waste in surrounding farmlands.

It reduced visibility and the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 470 on a scale of 500, according to the federal pollution control board. this level of pollution means the air will affect health people and die seriously affect with existing diseases.

According to the pollution: board’s “Graded Response Action Plan” air quality remains “serious” for 48 hours should urge states and local authorities to impose emergency measures, including closure down schools, imposing ‘odd’ restrictions on private auto’s based on their license plates, and stopping all construction.

In a circular let on Friday, the board said the government and private offices should reduce the use of private transportation met 30% and advised the cityresidents to limit outdoor exposure.

“Meteorological conditions will be very unfavorable for scatter of pollutants until November 18, 2021 in view of little wind with quiet conditions during the night,” the board said.

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Earlier this week, local authorities had ordered a shutdown of brick kilns, increased the frequency of mechanized cleaning and crackdown on waste incineration and dust.

The concentration of toxic PM2.5 particulate matter average 329 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The government prescribes a “safe” PM2.5 value at 60 micrograms per cubic meter of air over a period of 24 hours.

PM2.5 is small enough to deep in the lungs to travel, in to enter the bloodstream and cause serious respiratory diseases, including lung cancer.

“This is going to be a nightmaresays Gufran Beig, founder project director of air quality and weather monitor SAFAR die falls under the ministry of Earth Sciences.

“Fire counts are in the range of 3,000-5,000 and not decliningBeig told Reuters, referring to stubble burns in crops in the regions around the capital.

India’s efforts to reduce incineration of crop waste, an important source of air pollution during the winter, by spending billions of rupees over the past four years have done little to avert a sharp deterioration in air quality.

Delhi, often ranked as the world’s most polluted capital, is facing met extreme bad air in winter by burning crop stubble, emissions from transport, coal-fired power stations outside the city and other industrial emissions, open waste incineration and dust.

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